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The Do's and Don't's of Wallpaper

So you’re thinking about wallpaper. Maybe you were scrolling through your Instagram, spied the most beautiful hand-painted wallpaper and decided you just have to have it. Or maybe you’re tired of staring at the same old four walls and need a little visual stimulation. Whatever the case, there are a few dos and don’ts to keep in mind before busting out the paste and floor liners.

The Do’s

Start Small

If this is your first foray into the world of wallpaper, start cautiously. Try small spaces such as a bookshelf, alcove or recess. These are great spots where the addition of wallpaper can give a room more depth and visual interest. Starting small also helps you decide if wallpaper is the right direction for you. Whether you're just dipping your toe in or you’re ready to take the plunge, Quadrille Fabrics has plenty of wallpaper options to choose from.

Accent Walls

Less is more. Or so the saying goes. Well, this is one instance in which it absolutely applies. Think of wallpaper as an accessory, especially if you’re going with bold patterns and bright colors. One wall covered in your dream wallpaper may be all you need to make a big statement. Find your wall-covering inspiration at Innovations.

Pattern Play

If you opt for a patterned paper, make sure it matches the scale of the room you’re covering. It’s all too easy to overwhelm the eye with a busy design that sprawls across multiple large walls. The goal is to dazzle and delight, not induce vertigo. So keep your wallpaper choice in line with the size and dimensions of the space you’ll be covering. When you’re ready, discover what patterned wallpapers can do for your living spaces by browsing the selection at James.

The Don’t’s

Leave Holes and Dents

Got some nicks and holes you don’t want to have to admire every day? Whatever you do, don’t just cover everything up. They will show through, not to mention make tears and holes in your wallpaper as time passes. Make sure to spackle and sand those blemishes first. Once you’re done with that chore, head over to Thibaut to find a wallpaper you’ll love.

DIY It All

Sure, it sounds easy. Slap up some glue. Press on the paper. Voila! Perfectly papered wall. But that's not usually the case. Aside from the time it will save you, hiring a professional will help ensure that you get it done right the first time. Matching patterns, making sure there aren’t any bubbles, creases or other do-overs — it’s not as simple as it sounds. With such beautiful hand-painted wallpaper to choose from at Gracie, you’ll want to make sure you do it justice with a proper application.


OK, fine. You’re handy. You can do anything. And we love your confidence. But do take our advice and set yourself up for success. Matching wallpaper seams and patterns requires planning, preparation and practice. Also, avoid choosing a wallpaper with such an intricate pattern that it’s almost impossible to create a coherent design. You may find that you’ve wasted half the roll just trying to get it right. Check out the selection at Schumacher when you’re ready to start rolling up your sleeves.

With a little forethought, the right tools and some professional guidance, your wallpaper project is sure to be a smashing success! And the shops and the showrooms at the DDD will be right there celebrating with you.

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